The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Four-Disc Special Extended Edition)

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This Special Extended Edition on Platinum Series of the epic worldwide phenomenon features 43 minutes of never-before-seen footage; providing fans with even more character depth and story detail.

With this nearly four-hour version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, apart from several extended sequences, the Extended Edition is jam-packed with stunning detail and psychologically-nuanced character moments: there's more of Frodo (Elijah Wood), Sam (Sean Astin), and the mysterious Gollum (Andy Serkis) journeying toward the black gates of Mordor; more of Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin's (Billy Boyd) perilous travels on the backs of their rampaging Uruk-hai captors; more backstory establishing King Theoden's (Bernard Hill) loosening grip over the equestrian-based Kingdom of Rohan; scenes of treacherous Rohan advisor Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif) and Saruman The White (Christopher Lee) discussing Aragorn's (Viggo Mortensen) possible royal lineage; Eowyn (Miranda Otto) singing a funeral dirge at Theodred's funeral; interplay establishing Eowyn's unrequited love for Aragorn (and the revelation that the virile warrior is 87 years old!); a scene of Aragorn taming the wild horse that will eventually rescue him; scenes of Treebeard (voiced by Gimli actor John Rhys-Davies), the tree-shepherd Ent, explaining the mysteries of Fangorn Forest to Merry and Pippin, and much more.


Studio New Line
SKU 40225834
UPC 794043650420
UPC 14 00794043650420
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2008
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Big Battles
Essential Cinema
Fantasy Worlds
Good Vs. Evil
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Picking up where the first film left off, Peter Jackson's THE TWO TOWERS throws the remaining members of the Fellowship into the scattered chaos of Middle-earth, now fully under siege by the forces of Sauron. While Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) journey to the dreaded Mordor, Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) are held captive by orcs, and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) search for their abducted companions. Soon Frodo and Sam are joined by the sulking and duplicitous Gollum (portrayed by the voice and motion-captured acting of Andy Serkis), who becomes their guide through the barren lands leading to Mount Doom. Meanwhile Merry and Pippin encounter the looming Treebeard (voiced by Rhys-Davies) and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli find themselves in the land of Rohan, accompanied by an old friend. As the tale continues, each scenario becomes more perilous, and fierce battles erupt at both Isengard, home of the treacherous Saruman (Christopher Lee), and the massive Helm's Deep.^After masterfully setting up the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien in THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Jackson continues the trilogy with the increasingly dark and battle-filled TWO TOWERS without skipping a beat. Although the director takes a few more liberties in adapting the second installment, he skillfully cuts from one scenario to the next, creating a tightly woven tapestry with the various storylines. Joining the impressive cast this time around are Miranda Otto as Éowyn; Bernard Hill as her father, King Théoden; Brad Dourif as the aptly named Grima Wormtongue; Karl Urban as Éomer; David Wenham as Faramir; and Serkis under the remarkable CGI facade of Gollum. An intense epic that features one jaw-dropping sequence after another, THE TWO TOWERS more than carries its weight as the crucial centerpiece of THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
Entertainment Weekly "...THE TWO TOWERS conjures an illusion of the gravity that you want from an emotionally charged storybook epic..." 12/13/2002 p.55-6
Los Angeles Times "...The director's great strength is the confidence with which he translates Tolkien's vision into visual imagery..." 12/18/2002 p.C1
New York Times "...A rare perfect mating of filmmaker and material....[A] beautifully considered epic....The grandeur is astonishing..." 12/18/2002 p.E1
USA Today "...Visually dazzling....The RINGS movies are among the most breathtaking achievements in recent cinematic history..." 12/17/2002 p.1D
Variety "...In some respects a more impressive film than its well-received predecessor. Marked by nonstop conflict that Akira Kurosawa would have envied..." 12/02/2002 p.42
Rolling Stone "...Jackson keeps the action percolating. The effects astonish..." 01/23/2003 p.76
Film Comment "...Peter Jackson has pulled out all the stops....Jackson and his team of homegrown artisans have created an exciting form of digital epic filmmaking..." 01/01/2003 p.74
Box Office "...The visuals are a real treat; everyone and everything -- particularly the landscape -- looks and feels just right..." 03/01/2003 p.60
Sight and Sound "...THE LORD OF THE RINGS so far stands among the best adaptations of a major work of fantasy ever managed by the cinema..." 02/01/2003 p.50-1
Peter Jackson
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Elijah Wood
Cast & Crew
Bernard Hill - Actor
Billy Boyd - Actor
Brad Dourif - Actor
Bruce Hopkins - Actor
Cate Blanchett - Actor
Christopher Lee - Actor
Craig Parker - Actor
Dominic Monaghan - Actor
Elijah Wood - Actor
Andy Serkis - Actor
Hugo Weaving - Actor
Ian McKellen - Actor
John Rhys-Davies - Actor
Liv Tyler - Actor
Miranda Otto - Actor
Orlando Bloom - Actor
Sean Astin - Actor
Viggo Mortensen - Actor
J.R.R. Tolkien - Based On The Book By
Rick Porras, Jamie Selkirk - Co-Producers
Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor - Costume Designers
Peter Jackson - Directed By
Andrew Lesnie - Director of Photography
Mark Ordesky, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producers
Robert Shaye, Michael Lynne - Executive Producers
Michael Horton - Film Editor
Howard Shore - Music By
Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson - Producers
Grant Major - Production Designer
Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Stephen Sinclair & Peter Jackson - Screenplay By
WETA Ltd., NZ - Special Make-Up, Creature, Miniature And Digital Effects By
John Hubbard and Amy MacLean - UK Casting By
Victoria Burrows - US Casting By
Jim Rygiel - Visual Effects Supervisor
Ian McKellan - Actor
J.R.R. Tolkien - Based On Novel By
Andrew Lesnie - Cinematographer
Peter Jackson - Director
Jabez Olssen - Editor
Michael Horton - Editor
Howard Shore - Musical Score
Barrie M. Osbourne - Producer
Frances Walsh - Producer
Peter Jackson - Producer
Frances Walsh - Screenplay
Peter Jackson - Screenplay
Philippa Boyens - Screenplay
Stephen Sinclair - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 6504
UPC 00794043650420
Number of Discs 4
Running Time 214 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (2003) Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins, Winner, Best Achievement in Sound Editing,Jim Rygiel, et al., Winner, Best Achievement in Visual Effects,Barrie M. Osborne, Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year
Golden Globe (2003) Peter Jackson, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, No Longer Produced
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine The supreme film adventure of our time.
Brian Webster, Apollo Guide The storylines are woven together skilfully, the magnificent swooping aerial shots are breathtaking, and the overall experience is awesome.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Spectacular in every sense of the word, even if you don't know an Orc from a Uruk-Hai.

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